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Source: Thailand Startup News  Jul 10, 2019

NIA Announces Startup Thailand Event 2019

NIA Announces Startup Thailand Event 2019
Source: Thailand Startup News  Jul 10, 2019
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) Announced a Five Day event, Startup Thailand, featuring exhibitions and conferences under the theme Startup Nation Bangkok Innovation Corridor. This is the fourth consecutive year for Startup Thailand, an annual event of the NIA.



For this year, activities will be spread across nine locations in Bangkok covering the NIA, The Knowledge Exchange, Hangar by DTAC Accelerate, AIS design centre, Siam Innovation District, Thailand Creative Design Centre (TCDC), True Digital Park, Growfish and NAPLAB.
 
Each location will have their own topic of interest to attract targetted attendees such as Healthcare at the NIA, MAR tech at TCDC and Deep Tech at The Knowledge Exchange.
 
More than 300 world renowned Tech Experts will be presenting different topics and presentations. The event also includes a hackathon and will attract over 50 global venture capital firms.
 
There is a pitching competition with a interesting cash prizes and awards coupled with more than 500 startups from 25 countries being showcased.
 
The event will also host the Southeast Startup Assembly and Asean Plus to facilitate collaboration in startups and innovation in the region including Japan, China and South Korea.
 
Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, executive director of the NIA commented that the government is very committed in its efforts to promote Thailand as a global startup investment destination in Asean.
 
The National Innovation Agency which is tasked with promoting Startups in Thailand  will continue its three-year-old policy of building a "new economic giant" by increasing awareness of startup businesses and increasing the number of corporate venture capital to grow the funding pool to 50 billion baht (US$1.2 billion).
 
NIA will this year focus on multiple sectors of startups which include MAR (music, art and recreation) tech startups .It will also promote deep tech which uses advanced technology like AI in health, food, and agriculture. Deep tech startups rely on major technological research and development and require long-term investment, hence that is why Thailand has very few.
 
To simulate the growth of startups, Thailand needs to position itself as a landing pad for global startups by creating a welcoming startup environment through smart visas and the Startup Act. Dr Pun Arj commented that having more foreign startups coming to Thailand to collaborate with locals will result in tech and knowledge exchange which will greatly benefit the country.
 
The Startup Thailand Event will run from the 23rd of July to the 27th Of July 2019.
 
For more information of Startup Thailand Event, please visit: https://startupthailand.org/st2019/